Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out the information below to explore your options and resources at UW and outside, and check back in for updates on upcoming information sessions and other timely news!


Some Scholarships to Fund your Study Abroad: Overseas Ambassador Scholarship

Tortuga Study Abroad Scholarship

NAFSA U.S. Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Also check out this list of scholarships that aren’t just for study abroad. Scholarships that help you go to school apply to study abroad!

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

October 10th

Boren & CLS Study Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships like the Boren and CLS provide funding to students at varying levels of proficiency to study languages considered to be “critical” by the US State department. This information session will provide an overview of each of these scholarships and insights on how to develop a competitive application. Read more here!

Boren Awards

The CLS Program

October 22nd

Undergraduate Community Based Internship (UCBI)

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is excited to announce that student application materials for our Undergraduate Community Based Internship (UCBI) program are now available on our website. UCBI provides approximately 35 undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in paid community based internship experiences with non-profit and public sector organizations during both winter and spring quarters. Internships begin January 7, 2019 and conclude May 31, 2019.

The Undergraduate Community-Based Internship (UCBI) program, developed in partnership with the UW Career & Internship Center, provides opportunities for undergraduates to grow professionally and personally, examine issues of social justice, gain an understanding of the diverse communities in Seattle and explore career paths in the public and non-profit sectors.

Interested in applying?? Come to one of the info sessions to learn more!

  • Thursday, October 11, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, MGH 134
  • Wednesday, October 17, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm, MGH 171
  • Friday, October 19, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm, MGH 136

UCBI Flyer 2018-2019


Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year. Read more here!

Meet with a real person!

Remember, in person advising is always available through your respective departments, and also at these offices:

November 6th

DAAD: Study, Research or Intern in Germany

There are scholarship opportunities for students from all fields interested in participating in study, research or internship programs in Germany. This information session will focus on the DAAD RISE PROGRAM. 

The DAAD RISE program for undergraduates is a summer internship program for students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences and engineering. The internship takes place for 2-3 months during the summer in Germany. Learn more at the information session and Q&A for all students and advisers. Read more here!

December 30

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study abroad of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and selected Southeast Asian languages for college graduates, graduate students, and young professionals. Applicants must have (at minimum) a bachelor’s degree, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have completed the equivalent of the third year of language classes at the college level by the start of the grant, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study-abroad language programs. Find out more about The Blakemore Foundation and this fellowship here.

A Look Ahead at Previously Offered Scholarships:

September 1st

Korean Government Scholarship Program

The Korean Government Scholarship Program is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students, with the aim of promoting international exchange in education, as well as mutual friendship amongst the participating countries. Scholarships are available for Masters and Doctors programs. Read more here!

January 5th

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship is a highly competitive national fellowship program that provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the funding and opportunity to work with one of more than two dozen participating institutions in Washington, DC including leading think tanks and advocacy groups focusing on international security and diplomacy issues. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for college graduates to gain practical knowledge and experience by contributing to the efforts of nonprofit, public-interest organizations working on peace and security issues. The deadline for the Fall 2018 semester is January 5 for a full-time, six to nine month fellowship. Read more here.

January 17th

Global Health Corps Fellowship 

Global Health Corps is building the next generation of diverse health leaders. They offer a range of paid fellowship positions with health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia and the opportunity to develop as a transformative leader in the health equity movement. Everyone has a role to play in the health equity movement — start your application today!

March 1st

Foreign Policy Association Student Essay and Video Competition

The Foreign Policy Association is holding a film and essay contest with a range of cash prizes and a funded trip to New York with an invitation to the FPA centennial celebration’s Spring Dinner. Essays should be no longer than 750 words, and film entries should be no longer than five minutes. Each category will have three awards (making for six total awards). The first place winner will receive $1,500 and the trip to New York and Spring Dinner invitation, second and third prize will both receive a $500 prize. The official contest posting is available here. The contest is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and information about the Foreign Policy Association as an origination can be found here. The submission deadline is March 1st, 2018.

March 31

Edward Quammen Scholarship

The Edward Quammen Scholarship is available to qualified students pursuing an education and career in international business. There are two scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500. Learn more about the scholarship here.

April 15

Seattle-Nantes Sister City Scholarship

The Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association offers three scholarships to Washington State residents who are studying French and who plan to study in Washington or Nantes. Learn more about the scholarships they offer here.

April 21

Meena Vashee Scholarship

UW Women’s Center Meena Vashee Scholarship is awarded to one individual each year who is a survivor of domestic violence or the child of a survivor. You must be a UW undergraduate student to apply. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $2000. The 2018/2019 scholarship application is now available Apply by April 21!

April 23

UW’s Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies awards an average of $100,000 or more a year to students and faculty at the University of Washington. Annual scholarships and fellowships support students passionate about the study of labor and labor activism, while the Best Paper Prize honors quality scholarship on labor issues produced by students. Apply by April 23!

Mortar Board Alumni/Tolo Foundation annually provides over $40,000 in total scholarships each year to rising and current UW sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students based on their demonstration of Mortar Board’s ideals of exceptional scholarship, leadership, and service on campus and in the community. Apply by April 23!

April 30

UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grants

Students, staff and faculty are eligible to apply for grants of $500–$3,000 to support activities, programming, research and/or projects that build connection and community. Applications accepted through April 30. More information is available here.

Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award

The UW’s Carlson Center is currently accepting applications for the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award.  Named for one of Seattle’s foremost civic leaders, the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award recognizes individual students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who are committed to continued creative civic participation.

The Carlson Student Leadership Award recipient will receive $2500 and be honored at the Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on May 23.

In order to be eligible for the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award, candidates must be enrolled as a junior or senior at the University of Washington during the current academic year and working toward their first baccalaureate degree. The Award is open to students from all three University of Washington campuses.

Applications will be assessed on the extent to which a students’ conception and practice of civic leadership embodies the values of Social Responsibility, Commitment, Leadership, Creativity, and Collaboration.

Deadline and Application Instructions

The application deadline for the 2018 Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award is Monday, April 30 at 11:59PM. Detailed application instructions, along with the application assessment rubric and interview logistics can be found on the Carlson Center website. Please direct any questions about this award to Kathryn at

May 1st

Byron Hanke Fellowship

Awarded to graduate students to implement research projects related to the development, management and governance of common interest communities and their community associations. More information can be found here.

May 6th

Global Fellowships Prep: 2019-20

Global Fellowships Prep is intended to bring together UW students (juniors, seniors, bachelor’s alumni, grad/professional students and alumni) exploring opportunities for 2019-20, to consider a wide range of scholarships that could support plans to attend graduate school, conduct research and/or engage in communities. Largely Global Fellowships Prep will be focused on scholarships that can fund those experiences abroad, but will also include a few that support students staying in the US as well. Check out their website to learn more and see a full list of scholarships:

Scholarships for UK & Ireland Studies/Research: Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes Scholarships

Interested in pursuing graduate study and/or research at a university in the UK or Ireland?  Consider applying for UW nomination to compete for scholarship support through the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates Cambridge or Churchill scholarship programs. These scholarships fund graduate studies/research at universities in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. (Short descriptions and links included below for more information.)

UW nomination is required to apply for: Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships. Our UW nomination process is open to anyone meeting the eligibility requirements for any of those 4 scholarships and considering relevant graduate programs in the UK. Interested students can complete a single campus application to be considered for nomination to any or multiple of these scholarships. An internal UW campus review committee will review applications and make nomination decisions, allowing nominees significant time to prepare for the national and international application processes (final deadlines in fall). Please note that Gates Cambridge Scholarships do not require UW nomination, but we strongly encourage students to connect with our office for support in developing competitive applications for that as well.

Apply for UW nomination at:

UW Deadline: May 6, 2018 for 2019-20 scholarships.


UW Information Sessions: Join us to learn more, whether you know you’re interested or just exploring options! RSVP for any session at

  • Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 4:30-5:30pm, MGH 258
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 171
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 2:30-3:30pm, MGH 171

General Eligibility:

Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements and selection criteria, but in general, applicants should meet the following eligibility considerations:

  • 3.7 or higher GPA suggested for all (required for Marshall)
  • A strong track record of engagement in communities, extracurricular involvement, leadership and/or research experience is highly valued in different ways across all these scholarships
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships and Rhodes Scholarships are open to students from across the globe, regardless of citizenship. Churchill, Marshall & Mitchell scholarships are limited to US citizens.
  • Age limit for Mitchell Scholarships (18-29 by 9/30/18) and Rhodes Scholarships (18-23 by 10/1/18).
  • For this year’s competitions, Churchill Scholarships are limited to 2018 & 2019 grads. Marshall Scholarships are limited to those graduating after April 2016.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree by August 2019, and expect to enter a UK grad program in fall 2019.

Students are strongly encouraged to begin this process early, to start brainstorming, exploring graduate program options in the UK and elsewhere, discuss options with mentors, and more. Please contact Robin Chang ( in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA) if you have any questions or concerns, and attend an info session to help clarify any confusing elements. UW applicants and nominees for the Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Gates Cambridge scholarships will be included in OMSFA’s Global Fellowships Prep program to get advising support, connection to additional scholarship opportunities supporting their goals, application development tools and resources, potential connections to program alumni and additional mentors, and the opportunity to engage with peers working on similar applications.

May 15th

Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund Scholarships

Provides educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development. Two of the grants are open to women in any discipline. Find out more here!

Brief Scholarship Program Descriptions: 

Winston Churchill Scholarship

Churchill Scholarships support one year of graduate study in mathematics, science and engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University.  Applicants are recommended to have a GPA of 3.7 or higher, and have extensive experience in laboratory research. Applicants this year must be graduating in 2018 or 2019. UW senior Tim Welsh has just been selected as a 2018 Churchill Scholar! Congrats Tim (Chemistry, Biochemistry, ACMS major)! He will spend 2018-19 at Cambridge conducting research with the Knowles lab and earn a master’s degree in Chemistry.

For more information, please see:

Official Churchill Scholarship program information:

List of eligible graduate degree programs at Cambridge:

UW applicant information:


Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships support 1-3 years of graduate study in any discipline at Cambridge.  Students must apply for admission to Cambridge, and will apply for the scholarship within the same application. Gates Cambridge Scholarships are open to citizens of any country outside the UK considering almost any graduate-level program at Cambridge.

For more information, please see:

Official Gates Cambridge Scholarship program information:

UW applicant information:


Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships provide students 1-2 years of financial support to study at any university in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.  Applicants must be US citizens, must have a GPA of 3.7+, and must be planning to earn a bachelor’s degree between April 2016-August 2019.

For more information, please see:

Official Marshall Scholarship program information:

List of eligible UK universities:

UW applicant information:


Mitchell Scholarship

Mitchell Scholarships award students one year of funding for study at universities in Ireland, open to all areas of graduate study. Applicants must be US citizens, aged 18-29 (by Sept. 30, 2019). Applicants are recommended to have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

For more information, please see:

Official Mitchell Scholarship program information:

UW applicant information:


Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship provides students with funding for 2-3 years at Oxford University. Applicants are recommended to have a 3.7 GPA or higher. UW nomination is required for students from the US, Canada, or any other country that doesn’t already have its own application process. Age limits vary depending on country of citizenship, but are generally between 18-23 by Oct. 1.

For more information, please see:

US program information:

International program information:

UW applicant information: for US citizen students at; for international students at